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Posted: 12 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Inks is a messy pinball game that combines puzzle with platforming. It's like a traditional game of pinball, however you are aiming to splash the ball through each coloured area rather than rack up high scores.

Play involves using the flippers to direct the ball to each of the coloured areas. You can use a number of flippers and choose whether the ball is returned from the left or right when you lose it.

Along with the action puzzle fun, the novelty here is the Jackson Pollock style art work you create by playing. Not only the splashes of paint, but the trail the ball leaves after rolling through it. Vivid layers of ink build up, recording a visual history of your progress as you perfect your score.

You can't lose but the challenge is to complete a level in the fewest number of hits possible to obtain the ultimate goal, the star ball.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: State Of Play (@State_Of_Play)




Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. You can play through a handful of tables in a few minutes and stop and start whenever you like.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Really young children will enjoy the simple controls and bright messy visuals. Older players will focus on timing and reflexes to complete levels in fewer hits.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Inks Accessibility Report documents 21 accessibility features:
There aren't difficulty settings but you can purchase assists:
  • Stopper: Stops the ball draining in the middle of the flippers.
  • Precision: Slows down the ball as it approaches the flipper and a line show you the direction it will go after hitting it.

Although these need to be purchased in the non Apple Arcade version of the game, on Apple Arcade they are provided for free and are soon unlocked after starting to play. Either way, once enabled they offer a Low Pressure, Low Reaction Time experience.

The locations to press on the screen are indicated when you start or pause the game. There is no text to read in the game and the menus are large and clear symbols (if a little cryptic).

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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